Written by Staff Writer
14 Nov, 2014 | 9:36 am
Dispelling rumors of his injury or death, the leader of the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State issued a new call to arms Thursday in a 17-minute speech, belittling President Barack Obama’s plan to send more soldiers to Iraq and urging disciples to “erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere.”
An audio recording of the speech by the leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was distributed online, along with Arabic, English and Russian transcripts. It was first reported by the SITE Intelligence Group, a jihadi monitoring organization.
Baghdadi’s speech appeared to end days of rumors that he had been killed or grievously wounded in an airstrike carried out in northwestern Iraq on Saturday by the U.S. -led coalition fighting the Islamic State.
It was not clear precisely when the recording was produced. But it alluded to an event that took place Monday, when an Egyptian militant organization pledged its loyalty to the Islamic State.
With characteristic bluster, Baghdadi exhorted Muslims throughout the Middle East to rise up, “We see America and her allies stumbling between fear, weakness, inability and failure.”
The speech was distributed on the same day that top U.S. military officials were testifying in Congress about the fight against the Islamic State.
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